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Zhirinovsky, Vladimir Volfovich

NAME: Zhirinovsky, Vladimir Volfovich

BORN: April 25, 1946, in Almaty, KazakhstanEDUCATION:

1964-70: Studied Turkish at Moscow State University, received outstanding marks;

1965-67: studied international relations at the University of Marxism-Leninism.

1977: Received law degree from Moscow State University.


1969-70: Worked as a translator in Turkey for the Soviet Committee for Foreign Economic Relations. Deported by Turkey for spreading "communist propaganda," a black mark on his record for Soviet authorities.

1970-72: armyofficer in Tbilisi, Georgia.

1972-90: worked in the Soviet World Peace Committee, then at the Soviet Justice Ministry, then legal consultant for Mir publishers.

1988-90: loosely linked to various democratic groups including the Democratic Union, the Social Democratic Party and the Jewish Cultural Society.

1990-91: founded Liberal Democratic Party, ran for president of Russia against Yeltsin, promising to keep the Soviet Union intact and vodka cheap. Placed third with 7.81 percent of the vote (6.2 million votes).

1993-96: elected deputy in State Duma in 1993, heading LDPR faction which came in first among parties, receiving 22.9 percent of vote; re-elected as Duma deputy in December, 1995; LDPR came in second with 11.4 percent of vote.


Author of a number of books, including "The Final Push to the South" (1993), an invitation to annex India and Iran.

LANGUAGES: Russian, English, French, German, Turkish.

INTERESTS: Married, with one son, Igor; hobbies include hunting and target shooting; "Tarzan" among favorite films; A keen brawler, who splashed a glass of juice over Nizhny Novgorod Governor Boris Nemtsov,and pulled a female deputy's hair.

N.B.: Despite his anti-Semitic rhetoric, he admits his mother was Russian and his father a "lawyer." He changed his name from Edelstein in 1964.